A political scientist and election analyst says The Granite State could elect its first black member of Congress in less than three weeks.
Democrat incumbent Carole Shea Porter has decided not to seek re-election in New Hampshire's First Congressional District, setting up a battle between a black conservative Republican and a homosexual liberal Democrat.
Eddie Edwards, the Republican contender, is a Navy veteran and a graduate of the FBI National Academy, and according to his campaign website, he spent a career in law enforcement before moving to the private sector and launching a business working with small businesses to help reduce regulation and cut through red tape.
Though a recent Emerson College poll has Democrat Chris Pappas up by five points, Dr. Charles Dunn of Clemson University says whether a black conservative can win in a place like New Hampshire remains a question mark.
"But this guy has received significant support from people like [Rudplph] Giuliani," Dr. Dunn adds. “I would suggest that in as much as Republicans have begun to, shall we say, return to form in New Hampshire, they look more competitive than they have in recent elections that this fellow might have a shot at it. It's a long shot, but it's definitely doable or winnable."
The election analyst says the issue of Pappas's sexual orientation must be handled with great caution and care.
"We have seen races where Republicans have made a big issue out of some social concern, and the Republicans have lost because they've made too big an issue of it," he notes.
This district is one of the GOP's pickup opportunities this year, as President Trump carried it by two points in 2016.